First off, THANK YOU to everyone who read last week’s post . The amazing outpouring of love and support I received knocked me off my feet. I was pretty nervous about hitting publish on the post, but I wanted to start this new chapter of S&S on a completely honest note. It also seems like a lot of you have been feeling similar, so thank you for trusting me with your own experiences. I think the more we continue to be open and honest, the more we’ll realize that what we’re feeling is completely and refreshingly, normal.
So sticking to the page of full honestly, I am NOT a big jewelry wearer. I think it’s so cool when people change their bling with every outfit (hey Klew!), but I just never was one to do that. I always just let my outfits shine on their own.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a huge crush on everyday pieces. There is nothing better than putting on a piece of jewelry and then not taking if off for 4 days. However, I find everyday pieces much harder to shop for than big statement pieces. They feel like more of a commitment since you know you’re going to wear them all the time.
This past summer I received this stunning gold x cuff bracelet (c/o) from Au Rate and knew it was going to be special. I mean, just look at it, it’s perfect! Simple, yet still a solid piece. I was drawn in by the fact that the x was made of very thin gold, so it was delicate, but still held its own. I want my everyday pieces to be versatile, not invisible.
So who is Au Rate?
Au Rate is a fine jewelry company based in New York City. The owners founded the company because they wanted to make gorgeous pieces that can be worn forever and not break the bank. All of their jewelry is handcrafted to cut out the supply chain, and to ensure that the use only the finest raw materials from around the world.
They believe that “beautiful jewelry shouldn’t have an ugly side.” I had to take that exact statement because I think it holds so much impact. In an age of fast fashion, the fact that a company not only prides themselves on creating beautiful pieces, but also holds themselves to a higher standard, makes them a cut above the rest. They insist on the highest human rights, environmental and social responsibility standards, and respect for the local communities where they get their materials from. In addition, for every piece you purchase, Au Rate will donate a book to a child in need.
Plus, they are so confident in their craftsmanship, that every piece purchased has a lifetime warranty. Yup, you read that right, lifetime warranty to repair or polish your Au Rate pieces forever.
Which piece do you have your eye on?